Innovation Economics

Frequently Asked Questions

This section shold answer most of your questions regarding course registration, organization and exams. It also provides information and requirements concerningthe supervision of Bachelor or Master Theses at the Chair of Innovation Economics.

Disclaimer: All information are subjects to modification and errors. No liability assumed.

Version: October 2018

Infos about events and registrations

What do I have to take into account if I want to choose a course as an elective?

The registration as an elective is only possible by means of a registration at the examination office using a “yellow sheet”. For courses with a limited number of students, a signature of the person responsible for the module is required, which guarantees that there are sufficient seats in the course. Only after receiving the signature the module can be registered at the examination office. The registration must take place within the registration deadline of the respective course and there are no exceptions..  

Can I register for a module after the registration deadline?

A registration after the deadline is not possible. Please abstain from arguing with the course representative as this would be highly unfair to your fellow students.

Which criteria is used to decide which students are admitted?

The admission process is course-specific. Please refer to the respective course website. Students for which the course represents a compulsory subject will always be allowed to take the course. This is intended to reduce the probability that students will not be able to complete their studies within the designated period of study.

Are there waiting lists for restricted modules?

If there is a waiting list, you will be informed directly on the course website.

When and where exactly do the lectures take place?

Since this information varies each semester, please refer to the course catalogue for current information on time and space:  

Where can I find the lecture and exercise materials?

All documents are stored on the corresponding course pages on the ISIS system of the TU Berlin. Access to these course pages is password-protected. The passwords will be provided during the first lecture of the respective course. Do not share these passwords with students or externals who are not registered for the course.

When do the exercises start?

The design of the exercise sessions is course-specific. For more information please refer to

the course website. However, they normally start in the second week of the semester.

How can I register for a course offered at the Chair of Innovation Economics?

Registration procedures vary slightly from course to course. Please refer to the respective course websites for detailed information. However, please note that you have to be formally accepted according to the application procedure of the respective course in order to be considered for grading.

Are there limitations on the number of students?

Most of our courses impose a limit on the number of students. If there is a limitation, you are required to register for the course on the respective course website. Normally, you will receive a notification after the first lecture week, whether you are in the course or not.

What kind of examinations do the modules have?

All offered modules are portfolio examinations.

How do I register for the exercises of the courses?

It is not necessary to register separately for the exercises if you are formally accepted to the course. However, please make sure to enroll in the respective ISIS courses, as all relevant course materials will be provided there.

Information about exams

How do I register for the exams?

The official registration for a module is primarily done via the QISPOS system. If you are unable to register via this system, you must register at the examination office using a “yellow sheet”. The deadlines for registering for the examination will be shared during the first lecture.

All exchange students: Please register using the application form on the respective course website. No further registration is needed. You will be able to collect your Schein (via mail, E-Mail, or in person) after the exam results are published.


Please note that you have to be formally accepted according to the application procedure of the course in order to be considered for grading.

By when do I have to register for the final exam?

In general, deadlines for the exam registration will be announced in the first lecture of the respective course. Further, the deadlines will be posted on the respective ISIS course page. Please understand that we have to strictly follow these deadlines.

Is attendance during the exercises mandatory?

In general, attendance is not mandatory. However, it is highly recommended to attend both lectures and exercises, as the exams usually include questions related to the lectures as well as the exercises. Furthermore, for some courses there might be graded portfolio elements that are based on the content of the exercise sessions. Finally, it is simply a question of genuine motivation and politeness to join the sessions, as we have many excellent external speakers and guests sharing their knowledge and experience without any obligation.

How does the grading scheme look like?

For all portfolio elements in the courses we apply the official grading scheme of the Faculty of Economics and Management:

Grading scheme          

What happens if I have already completed a portfolio element (e.g. presentation of a homework) but do not take the written examination?

In this case, you have to submit a medical certificate to the Examination Office and inform us informally about the sickness. If you do not provide a medical certificate to the Examniation office, the portfolio element “written assignment” will be regarded as not passed (0 points). Depending on the grading scheme of the respective course your final grade will then be determined.

Please note that recission from a module is not possible after a part of the portfolio examination has been completed.

Is it possible to take an oral examination instead of the written examination?


Do all portfolio elements of a portfolio examination have to be repeated if a single deliverable is not passed?

No, the performance (i.e. the amount of points) of a portfolio element is maintained and cannot be changed (i.e., deleted or improved) anymore. A module is graded as passed if you were able to collect 50% of the total points of all deliverables.

What happens if I do not pass an element of the portfolio examination?

There is no “Pass” or “No Pass” for the elements of the portfolio examinations. In each portfolio element, a certain amount of points can be reached. All points are summed up and weighed according to the weight of the portfolio element. Subsequently, the grade is calculated based on the faculty’s official grading scheme.



The portfolio examination consist of:


  1. Exam (max. 40 points) which accounts for 40% of the final grade.
  2. Presentation (max. 40 points) which accounts for 40% of the final grade.
  3. Multiple choice Test (max. 20 points) which accounts for 20% of the final grade.


If you receive full points for the presentation and Multiple Choice test, you will still pass the course, even if you for example receive 0 points for the final exam.

If I do not pass the exam on the first exam date, can I repeat the exam?

There is no second exam date.

Is it possible to take the written exam of a module in a semester in which the module is not offered?


Is it possible to change one's mind later in the semester and not take the exam on the date offered?

As soon as you have completed your exam registration successfully, you can not step back from the portfolio examination. Exception for partial deliverables: A medical certificate.